Sen. Hillary Clinton proposed a nine-point plan to cement U.S. dominance in science, engineering, technology and math with a commitment of resources to the research and development infrastructure. The plan:
2Clintons Nine-Point Technology Plan – $50 Billion Strategic Energy Fund
A $50 billion Strategic Energy Fund to finance energy research in an effort to develop energy independence and reduce global warming. Oil companies would be required to contribute a portion of their earnings or choose to fund alternative energy sources. T
3Clintons Nine-Point Technology Plan – 50% Budget Increase for DOE, DOD and National Science Foundation
Increase basic research budgets by 50 percent over 10 years at the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation to increase research in physical sciences and engineering; require federal agencies to set aside at leas
4Clintons Nine-Point Technology Plan – 50% More for the National Institutes of Health
Clinton said that she would increase the National Institutes of Healths budget by 50 percent over five years and double it over 10 years. In addition, she plans to boost investment in nonhealth applications of biotechnology.
5Clintons Nine-Point Technology Plan – Prizes for Accomplishment
Agencies would be required to use prizes as a way to attract nontraditional ideas in innovation.
6Clintons Nine-Point Technology Plan – NSF Fellowships
National Science Foundation fellowships would be tripled. In addition, Clinton proposed that the size of the awards be increased by a third. This would result in a fellowship award amounting to $40,000 annually, with the awardee’s school getting a grant t
7Clintons Nine-Point Technology Plan – Investing in Women and Minorities
Clinton said that she would support initiatives to bring more women and minorities into the fields of math, science and engineering. She proposed to accomplish this by requiring federal agencies to take diversity into account when awarding grants.
8Clintons Nine-Point Technology Plan – Tax Breaks for Broadband
Broadband initiatives would be supported by the federal government. Clinton is proposing that the federal government provide tax initiatives to encourage broadband deployment in underserved areas, and to support state and local broadband initiatives.
9Clintons Nine-Point Technology Plan – Permanent Research and Experimentation Tax Credits
Clinton would make the research and experimentation 20 percent tax credit permanent. She said this would help create more high-paying research jobs in the United States.
10Clintons Nine-Point Technology Plan – Get Politics Out of the Office of Science and Technology Policy
Restore integrity to science policy by pumping up the Office of Science and Technology Policy and by removing politics from the office’s agenda. The Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the president on science and technology issues and made he